Last month, the Surgeon General of the United States released the first ever Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health. The report finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. However, the report overlooks the impact of adverse life experiences as a major contributing factor to addiction.
Click here for a copy of the report and also an article by Vincent Felitti, MD. which addresses this important gap in the report.
Being Mortal Film Screening
(Hospicefoundation.org/Being-Mortal-Project) FRONTLINE follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. In conjunction with Gawande’s new book, Being Mortal, the film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors — himself included — are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.
Hospice of Northcentral Ohio and the Mental Health and Recovery Board are co-sponsoring a screening of the film on 2 separate dates in February at different locations and each event will be followed by a panel discussion with local professionals.
There is no cost to attend the screening- please click here for more information.
Helping Our Helpers
SAVE THE DATE!!
On March 30, clinical psychologist and retired Army Colonel Dr. Kathy Platoni, will provide 2 seminars for first responders, health care providers, emergency and crisis workers and mental health professionals. The morning seminar will focus on the diagnostic label of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder viewed as a normal reaction to abnormal circumstances and as a psychological injury rather than as a mental illness. In the afternoon, Dr. Platoni will provide information and guidelines for responding to military veterans who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis.
Thanks to the generous support of the Samaritan Hospital Foundation, there is no cost for these seminars - CEU's will be provided to counselors and social workers.
Dr. J. Eric Gentry, PhD., LMHC
Provides Important Training to Key Professionals
On January 5, 2017 over 82 law enforcement, social workers and counselors attended noted expert Eric Gentry’s “Trauma-Informed Crisis Intervention: For Law-Enforcement & Correctional Officers” Occurring over two, 4-hour training sessions, attendees learned valuable skills to understand the relationship between painful past-learning experiences and perceived threat, to quickly and professionally manage those situations where there is little danger but upset people, and a 5-Step protocol (C-A-S-E-R) for de-escalating crisis and maximizing recovery.